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Eyes of the Father: Greatest gift from God is eternal life
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We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.

When I handed it to her, she turned it this way and that, inspecting it like a gemologist would inspect a diamond.

She commented on the shiny gold coloring on the page edges. She opened it and asked me why some words were in black and others in red. I told her the black words were regular words, while the red words were the words Jesus spoke.

Then she closed the Bible, handed it back to me and said, “Show me your favorite verse so we can read it together.”

Wow! Talk about an open door. Talk about an opportunity to impart some wisdom and insight to a willing recipient.

I have several “favorite” verses, so I struggled with which one I should choose to show her.

She already knew John 3:16, so what could I show her that would reinforce that message? After a few moments of deliberation, I chose Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I asked her if she knew what a wage was. When she shook her head, I told her it was payment.

“When I work, I receive a wage,” I said. “The wage is what I deserve for what I’ve done. According to this verse, what we deserve for the sin that we’ve committed is death.”

Chloe’s eyes got big.

“This isn’t physical death, it’s spiritual death, a separation from God.”

I held up my finger.

“But look at that word in the second part of the verse: gift. You know what a gift is, don’t you?”

She nodded.

“A gift is something that’s given to us that we don’t deserve. It’s something that someone gives to us out of the kindness of their own heart. So while we deserved death because of our sins, God gave us eternal life instead. He gave us eternal life through his son, Jesus Christ.”

Chloe grinned.

“He gave me that gift, didn’t he?”

I hugged her close.

“Yes, he certainly did.”

What about you? God offers you the same gift mentioned in Romans 6:23. All you have to do is receive the gift by receiving Christ as your savior. He will forgive you of your sins and give you an eternal home in heaven.

The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.

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